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Spring Break and a Funeral

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Not quite the same as the movie title.

Hello everyone. During BLC 17 I went from 348.8 down to 331.6 so I managed, in 8 weeks to lose 17.2 pounds. Not too shabby, could have been better, could definitely have been worse.

Then it was over. I guess I got so overwhelmed with student teaching, not having a kitchen, not having time, spring break, comprehensive exams, and to top everything off, one of the girls in my program was in a car accident and passed away last week.

So all of that combined means I'm sitting somewhere around 340 right now. I think. I weighed yesterday morning with clothes (which I normally don't) and after breakfast (which I normally don't) and I was at 342. So in the 4ish (can't be bothered to count right now) weeks since the end of the BLC, I've managed to GAIN 8ish pounds.

Now, I know this isn't the end of the world. All of my clothes still fit, but I feel like a complete failure. I know now that I just need to hop back on, but it is SO HARD. I really just want to wait until I'm done with teaching in 3 weeks, but I realize now, that that is just an excuse. This next BLC is *exactly* what I need to get back into it.

I don't know if I will be a leader this time around, I'd love to be, but I don't know if they need me for this one. The nice thing is I will only be busy for the first 3 weeks of the BLC, then I'll be free to better fulfill the leadership role! :) Even if I'm not officially a leader, you can expect I will be posting on your walls and commenting on your blogs! So keep em' comin'

I know some see me as a motivation (though I don't see myself that way) so I wanted you to know that it is not always perfect, and the scale does not always go down. But I'm at the point right now where I could just decide to quit and balloon back up to almost 400 pounds, or KEEP GOING and who knows where I'll be. Even if I don't lose another pound for the next 3 months, at LEAST I will not have gained any!

On a slightly happier note, I'm doing the Monument Avenue/Ukrops 10k in Richmond (VA) This weekend! I convinced my boyfriend to do it with me, my goal is between a 16 and 17 min mile. Last year my mile time was almost 19 min. My best time ever was 16:45 min/mile That was when I was 290ish about 4 years ago. (This is my 4th year doing it) So if I can get under 100 minutes, I will be ecstatic! I ran a 13.4ish min/mile for the BLC 17 fitness test, but that was giving it everything I had for 1 solid mile. This is 6.2, so I need to be more reasonable. We shall see. Pat (the bf)'s job is to keep me on my time. He is 6'2" and 170ish so he should have no problem (that twig! :P I kid, I love him :) )

Anyway, sorry for the long update, but it was well overdue. I graduate will my Master's in exactly 1 month on May 10th!!! :D

  
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SHINING_ON 4/12/2013 2:40AM

    Anna, I can understand your frustration at the setback, but it will be short-lived. I'm so glad that you are leading again this season, and to be leading with you! I also understand the stress you've been under. I'm gearing up to propose my PhD thesis next week (yes, next WEEK! :0). Three more weeks! Hang in there, kid. You're almost there.

Awesome about the run times and the upcoming run in VA! I envy your feet right now. I'm finally back to being able to run short bursts (perfect for the kickball team I just joined, woohoo) but I still can't run a mile for the pain. Starting physical therapy soon to see if that will help. So, take care of those feet! :D

Again, hang in there and don't forget to breathe deeply. Take gentle care of yourself. Be forgiving. In the grand scheme of things, it was 8 pounds. You've got this. You're a winner. Don't forget it! :) :)

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HALINHALF 4/10/2013 5:01PM

    Yes you are a leader! :-) You did a great job last season and I'm proud of your progress! I'm glad each of us found this game when we did and hopefully the future seasons will help us continue further on.

And Holly is back thank goodness! :-D

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BLC #17 WUB # 5/6 oops!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I had been doing so well! To be honest, though, this is the most I've blogged since HS when I used to blog daily. Now, you're lucky to get a FB update out of me 1x/day. :P

My official weight as of Sunday morning was 336.0 which is 58 pounds down from the doctors scale and 54 down from my home scale! So, I'm rounding the corner on 60 pounds lost!

To be honest, I have been very lax with the 'exercise' I climb lots and lots of stairs everyday at work, and I walk a lot on campus, but I've not been setting aside time to actually exercise and I know it is not a good thing. I have been doing decently well with tracking my food, though I've really got to stop forgetting to track on the weekends, because that's when I run into problems.

I have been losing more slowly due to the lack of exercise, and I know this. My boyfriend is still proud of me, and it's nice, because we're long distance, he can always tell if I've lost weight because we only see each other every 2-4 weeks.

I've been a terrible leader, I feel, on the team, I need to get back to posting in the forums and supporting my teammates. I do read your blogs! I promise! I just need to comment....

My goals for this week are unrelated to my personal weightloss except one:

Open and do your freakin' Jillian Michael's DVD! omg. I've had this for weeks and have not opened it.
Go to the newbies forum and welcome 1 new person every day.
Post in the Cobalt Cobras Chat every day.
Answer the QotD's every day.
Go and see what the challenges are for this week, and actually do at least one!

Hopefully this will keep me more motivated.

Here's a photo of me and the boyfriend after his recent promotion! :) This is around 340

  
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MERRY_XMAS 3/9/2013 6:28AM

    You are such a cute couple! You both look so happy!
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SCHECK5 3/6/2013 5:00AM

    Great job on your weight loss...keep it up..slow and stead is the right way to go.
Good luck with the Jillian dvd!!!LOL

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CINDYBEL 3/5/2013 3:14PM

    Way to go!! Just think how much more toned you'll be and lose more weight when you get more exercise. emoticon

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BLC#17 WUB #4 + Measurements

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Hello again,

My sickness from the past two weeks finally came to a head this week as an upper respiratory and sinus infection...yay. That had me out of commission both Monday and Tuesday.

My weight-loss this week - 0. yay. :( Really the scale yesterday said a gain from the weekend, but I'll just go with no loss and see how a not sick week works out.

I was not able to participate in the weekly challenges this week.

My goals:
Continue to drink water, but try to increase to 12 cups of water everyday. - Did not get this
Go to M/W classes and do the Jillian Michaels on at least Tuesdays. - Did not exercise formally at all this week, due to illness.
When I have any opportunity take the stairs as opposed to the elevator at school. - I did take the stairs everywhere, I believe I climbed about 25 flights of stairs over the week.
Continue to try and get at least 6-7 hours of sleep a night. - I think I got this, I honestly don't know if I did.

My new goals:
Get my 8-12 cups of water.
Do Jillian Michaels at least 2 times this week.
Make materials for next Monday so I can enjoy my time with Pat this weekend.

How've you all done this week?

Week 1 to Week 4 Measurements

Week 1 Measurements
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Pant Size: 26
Neck: 15.5 inches
Bust/Chest: 53.5 inches
Waist: 47.5 inches
Upper Arm: 19 inches
Lower Arm: 12 inches
Hips: 58.5 inches (Left)
Thigh: 35.5 inches (Left)
Calf: 20 inches
Total Inches: 261.5

Week 5 Measurements
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Pant Size: 24
Neck: 15.25 inches
Bust/Chest: 52.5 inches
Waist: 45 inches
Upper Arm: 19 inches
Lower Arm: 11.5 inches
Hips: 57.5 inches
Thigh: 35.5 inches
Calf: 20 inches
Total Inches: 256.25
Total Inches Lost: -5.25 inches

Hope you're all well! :)

  
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MERRY_XMAS 2/20/2013 12:32PM

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HALINHALF 2/18/2013 9:30AM

    Congrats on the inches and I hope the sickness clears up soon. One of my friends has been sick for like 3 weeks :-( I didn't even think that was possible.

Your water goal is higher than mine now ;-)

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 2/17/2013 10:38PM

   
Great job keeping yourself accountable! Keep making progress!

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BLC #17 - Visual Motivator

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I made this visual as a peek into my brain as to what my motivators are.

Some are life goals, and some are specific attributes I would like to have, it's just whatever inspired me.

Enjoy!

  
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SHINING_ON 2/18/2013 12:21AM

    I love that you added a roller coaster goal because I really love (and miss) riding them. Oh, and I had a little black dress as one of my visual motivators, too. :)

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HALINHALF 2/16/2013 9:34AM

    Roller coasters are awesome! :-D

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SARAHSSUNSHINE 2/13/2013 4:06PM

    LOVE!

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BECOMING_HOLLY 2/13/2013 2:47PM

    I absolutely love this!! I never thought about a little black dress as a goal but now that you made it visual that is always something I wish I had!

I love seeing the marathon stuff on there, that's a cool goal!!

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ANYA_JADE 2/13/2013 11:15AM

    I used fireworks, which is like photoshop light. It's part of the adobe suite. And thank you! I'm glad you all like it! :)

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MERRY_XMAS 2/13/2013 11:00AM

    I love it! You can do it!!!

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BEVERLYB1989 2/13/2013 9:03AM

    This is perfect!! I pretty much have the same goals/attributes in mind. How did you make this?

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ENDERLI 2/13/2013 8:45AM

    Love it!

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BLC#17 WUB #3

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Hello All!

I have had a seriously busy and feeling-like-ick-and-death week. As I write this, I am nursing my cold with coffee and Dayquil. haha.

My weight-loss this week - 2.6 pounds! :D

Here were our weekly challenges and how I did:

Nutrition: Try at least one new fruit and vegetable. - Check! I ate kiwi...verdict: kinda gross, haha. I like the starfruit I tried last challenge much better.

Fitness: Learn about overtraining and how to prevent it. - Check!

Motivation: Create a visual motivator and blog about it. - Forthcoming! :)

Bonus: Write a story blog about yourself pertaining to your background with weight loss. - Will do.

My goals:
Continue to drink water, but try to increase to 12 cups of water everyday. - Did not get this
Go to M/W classes and do the Jillian Michaels on at least Tuesdays. - Did not exercise formally at all this week, due to illness.
When I have any opportunity take the stairs as opposed to the elevator at school. - I did take the stairs everywhere, I believe I climbed about 25 flights of stairs over the week.
Continue to try and get at least 6-7 hours of sleep a night. - I think I got this, I honestly don't know if I did.

My new goals:
Get my 8-12 cups of water.
Do Jillian Michaels at least 2 times this week.
Get over my cold. (Ha, I wish putting this as a goal could make it go away :P)
Don't push myself too hard so that I can actually get better faster.

Moral of the story - I'm so ready to NOT be sick anymore. Being a new teacher means you are CONSTANTLY sick with all the new little kid germs haha.

How've you all done this week?

  
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MERRY_XMAS 2/10/2013 11:28AM

    Seems you are focused and you are doing great! Well done!!!
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LUCKEE40 2/10/2013 11:10AM

    Those are great goals! I will wish you good thoughts on feelilng better. I hate being sick as well and I swear it always happens as soon as I start getting motivated to workout again and I have a plan. Uh-oh, maybe I should go knock on some wood now. ha-ha!

Good luck with the new week. emoticon

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